Le Secret des secrets, ou le Véritable grimoire

Le Veritable Grimoire

ou: Le secret des secrets, autrement la clavicule de Salomon, ou le veritable grimoire

French Manuscript of the Key of Solomon from the ‘Secret of Secrets’ Text-Group, ca. 1830

RSL 210 N 37

Le secret des secrets, autrement la clavicule de Salomon, ou le veritable grimoire is finely executed Key of Solomon manuscript from the ‘Secret of Secrets’ Text-Group. It has 2 books, the first with 10 chapters, the second with 31 chapters. Following the last chapter are 72 pentacles assigned to the angels of the shemhamphorash. In contrast, the pentacles in the ‘Toz Graecus’ manuscripts BnF Lat. 15127 and BnF Lat. 18510 do not include the names of the angels. This is followed by a table of the Planetary Hours and two diagram of the heavenly bodies, one with the Zodiac, the other showing the spirits that correspond with the first mobile, sky firmament, seven planets, and four elements.

This particular manuscript is preserved in the Russian State Library. Since it was penned, the text of this manuscript has been used to create numerous French print editions of the Key of Solomon.

Typology

Technically this manuscript belongs in the ‘Secret of Secrets’ Text-Group, however it shares many similarities with the ‘Toz Graecus’ manuscripts, especially BnF Lat. 15127 and BnF Lat. 18510. As can be seen below, the ‘Secret of Secrets’ texts have very similar titles, in some cases referring to ‘Toz Graecus’. Below are the primary ‘Secret of Secrets’ manuscripts including the present manuscript, RSL 210 N 37.

BN2350Le secret des secrets, autrement la Clavicule de Salomon ou le véritable Grimoire, 18th C (Bibliothèque de Nationale / Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal) Written in French with conjurations in Latin.
BN2493Le secret des secrets, ou le veritable grimoire, par Tosgraec, 18th C (Bibliothèque de Nationale / Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal) Written in French with conjurations in Latin.
BN2791Livre Second de la Clavicule de Salomon, ou le véritable Grimoire, 18th C (Bibliothèque de Nationale / Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal)  Written in French with conjurations in Latin.
RSL 210N37Le secret des secrets, autrement la clavicule de Salomon, ou le veritable grimoirem ca. 1830 (Russian State Library)  Written in French with conjurations in Latin. View PDF

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